Bhutan Festival Dates for 2020

Tshechu is a religious festival meaning “tenth day” held annually in various temples, monasteries and dzongs throughout the country.

The Tshechu is a religious event celebrated on tenth day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to the birthday of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). However the exact month of the Tshechu varies from place to place and temple to temple.

Tshechus are grand events where entire communities come together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize. In addition to the mask dances, tshechus also include colorful Bhutanese dances and other forms of entertainment.

It is believed that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once to in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Every mask dance performed during a Tshechu has a special meaning or a story behind it and many are based on stories and incidents from as long ago as the 8th century, during the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In monasteries, the mask dances are performed by monks and in remote villages, they are performed jointly by monks and village men.

Two of the most popular Tshechus in the country are the Paro and Thimphu Tshechus in terms of participation and audience. Besides the locals, many tourists from across the world are attracted to these unique, colorful and exciting displays of traditional culture.

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2020

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FESTIVAL

PLACE

DATES

1

Punakha Drubchen

Punakha Dzong, Punakha 

2nd -4th March

2

Punakha Tshechu 

Punakha Dzong, Punakha

5th -7th March

3

Tharpaling Thongdrol 

Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chumi
Bumthang

9th March

4

Gomphukora 

Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang

1st -3rd April

5

Talo Tshechu 

Talo Gonpa, Punakha 

1st -3rd April

6

Gasa Tshechu 

Gasa Dzong, Gasa

1st -3rd April

7

Zhemgang Tshechu 

Zhemgang Dzong, Zhemgang 

1st -3rd April

8

Paro Tshechu  

Rinpung Dzong, Paro

4th -8th April
(Thongdrel on last day)

9

Chhorten Kora 

Chorten Kora, Trashiyangtshe

8th April & 22nd April

10

Domkhar Tshechu 

Domkhar, Chumni, Bumthang.

3rd -5th May

11

Ura Yakchoe 

Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang 

4th – 8th May

12

Nimalung Tshechu 

Nimalung Dratshang,
Chumni, Bumthang

30th June– 1st July

13

Kurjey Tshechu 

Kurjey Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang

30th June

14

Tour of the Dragon  

Bumthang to Thimphu

5th Sept

15

Thimphu Drubchen  

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

22nd Sept

16

Wangdue Tshechu

Tencholing Army Ground,
Wangduephodrang.

24th – 26th Sept

17

Tamshing Phala Chhoepa 

Tamshing lhakhang, Bumthang

26th – 28th Sept

18

Thimphu Tshechu  

Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu

26th – 28th Sept

19

Gangtey Tshechu 

Gangtey Gonpa,
Phobjikha,Wangduephodrang.

28th Sept – 1st Oct
(Thongdrel on last day)

20

Thangbi Mani 

Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang

29th Sept– 2nd Oct

21

Jakar Tshechu 

Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang.

23rd -27th Oct

22

Chhukha Tshechu 

Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha 

24th – 26th Oct

23

Jambay Lhakhang Drup 

Jambay Lhakhang,
Choekhor, Bumthang

31st -3rd Nov

24

Prakhar Duchhoed  

Prakar Khakhang, Chumni,
Bumthang

1st – 3rd Nov

25

Dechenphu Tshechu 

Dechenphu Lhakhang, Thimphu

26th Oct

26

Black Necked Crane Festival 

Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,
Wangduephodrang.

11th Nov

27

Mongar Tshechu 

Mongar Dzong, Mongar 

21st – 24th Nov

28

Trashigang Tshechu 

Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang.

22nd -25th Nov

29

Jambay Lhakhang Singye
Cham

 

Jambay Lhakhang,Choekhor,

Bumthang

30th Nov

30

Pemagatshel Tshechu 

Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel.

21st – 24th Nov
(Thongdrel on last day)

31

Nalakhar Tshechu

Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor,
Bumthang

30th – 2nd Dec

32

Druk Wangyel Tshechu 

Douchula , Thimphu

13th Dec

33

Trongsa Tshechu 

Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa

10th – 13th Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)

34

Lhuentse Tshechu 

Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse

21st – 24th Dec
(Thongdrel on last day)

35

Nabji Lhakhang Drup

 Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa

29th –31st Dec